English Premiership

Everton beat Wolves

2011-11-19 19:26
Leighton Baines (AFP)

Liverpool - Leighton Baines converted an 83rd-minute penalty Saturday to give Everton a 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers that moves the club further away from the relegation zone.

Louis Saha was fouled in the area and Baines slotted in the spot kick to give Everton just its second home win of the Premier League season.

Baines had set up Everton's first-half equalizer as well with a free kick that was headed in by Phil Jagielka in the 44th.

Stephen Hunt had given the visitors the lead with a 36th-minute penalty after Marouane Fellaini tripped David Edwards on the edge of the area.

The win gives Everton 13 points from 11 games, with a game in hand on its rivals in the lower half of the table.

Everton had lost five of its previous six league matches, and displayed a lack of confidence to start the game. But after Jagielka's equalizer, the momentum was firmly in the home team's favor in the second half.

However, Everton needed some help from Wolves defender Stephen Ward, who needlessly pushed over Saha after a corner and Baines calmly stroked home the winner.

Wolves went ahead when David Edwards made a diagonal run across the corner of the penalty area and was caught with a slight touch by Fellaini, which was enough to send the midfielder to the ground.

Hunt smashed home from the spot, but couldn't hold on to the lead until halftime as Jagielka nodded home Baines' free kick with a twisting header.

It was only Jagielka's sixth goal in nearly four-and-a-half years at Everton.

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